Liberals often accuse the Republican party of being a party that represents outdated, draconian-type societal norms. Many liberals believe conservatives are racist, sexist, and part of an overall political movement that supports bigotry and ignorance. These, of course, are claims many Republicans deny.
In fact — laughably — many conservatives often accuse liberals of “waging a war on women” or of being the “real racists.”
These accusations make absolutely no sense. Without even going too deep into either of those ridiculous claims conservatives sometimes levy against liberals, let’s just look at two simple facts:
- Democrats elected our nation’s first black president (though he is half white).
- Our probable 2016 candidate will be Hillary Clinton — a woman.
But I often tell Republicans if they don’t want to be considered the party of sexism or racism, stop supporting politicians or media figures who say sexist or racist things. The conservative support behind someone like Rush Limbaugh is a prime example of exactly what I mean when I say that.
So when Fox News’ Brit Hume made a disgustingly sexist remark Sunday morning I wasn’t exactly shocked.
While discussing the type of “guy” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is, Hume said:
“In this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, kind of old-fashioned tough guys, run some risks.”
A statement that even caught fellow panelists off guard, prompting Hume to try to clarify:
“Men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy’s guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever. That’s the atmosphere in which he operates. This guy is very much an old-fashioned masculine, muscular guy, and there are political risks associated with that. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but that’s how it is.”
I can’t be the only one who read these comments then thought to myself, “It sounds like Hume might have a crush on Chris Christie.”
Basically what Hume is saying is that because society has moved away from more ignorant times where being a man meant you could say or do whatever you wanted without repercussions, that somehow means society has become “feminized.”
Another thing, being a “man” has nothing to do with being a bully. Yelling and screaming at people, being petty — those aren’t the qualities of a real man. Those are qualities of an egotistical, arrogant bully who tries to use power and intimidation to force people to do what they want.
That’s not how a “man” acts. That’s how an asshole acts. Excuse my language.
And if that’s how Mr. Hume believes “men” should act, I can’t help but question what kind of man he really is.
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